Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

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Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by MastaG » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:32 pm

Hi there,

I currently have a Steam Link device taped to the back of my TV in the living room.
It works very well and very solid with my wireless bluetooth PS4 controllers.
Only the Steam Link is discontinued now and only supports streaming in H264 format at max 1080p60.

Valve also released a Steam Link app for Android devices with support for HEVC and resolutions up to 4K (if both the device and PC supports it).
Now I believe the N2 is capable of hardware decoding HEVC streams with 10bit HDR as well.

So did anyone try the Steam Link app?
The latest version for arm64 can be found here: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/valve-cor ... -download/
It probably requires the bluetooth module as well for pairing up your controllers.

EDIT: After reading the release notes, only 32bit apps are supported for the moment.
So here's the latest Steam Link application for armv7a: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/valve-cor ... -download/

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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by chmanie » Mon May 13, 2019 10:02 pm

I tested it and it works with 4K for me (using a wired PS4 controller). I was using an online streaming service though (blade shadow) which has its own limitations (when using steam link). I suppose that using it with a local machine would work totally fine.

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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by skeetre » Sat May 18, 2019 12:22 am

Tested with a wireless gamepad and it works. Not sure if it's my gamepad, or some of the usb3 interference issues, but kept having inputs that weren't supposed to be there, like in Rocket League my car kept going in reverse.
Haven't tested with a wired gamepad yet. Video was smooth though, and tests showed I had a 100Mb/s+ connection over wifi.

I use silverlight or moonlight or something like that on my FireTV and it works great. Might try that app on the N2 to see how it compares to the official Steam Link app.
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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by Luke.go » Mon May 20, 2019 1:47 pm

@chmanie @skeetre, Can you share your test environments?
In my case, ubuntu 16.04 and ethernet connected, when I connect steam link, Just show first screen and stuck in that screen.
After a few seconds, both of system are froze up. :(

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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by skeetre » Mon May 20, 2019 7:58 pm

Main PC streaming from was running win 10, 8086K, rtx 2080, wired gigabit.

N2 running May 9th Android image using wifi 4 dongle.
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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by chmanie » Tue May 28, 2019 3:40 pm

Currently I'm using a rented GPU system (P4000) from Paperspace and it works as described above.

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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by Kernel » Wed May 29, 2019 5:01 am

Nice to hear it's working as intended!
Is that a official Valve distribution location?
I've always been weary of apkmirror to be honest.
The raspberry pi version worked well so I'm glad they released a generic armhf version even if it's not AArch64 (ARM64).

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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by Kernel » Wed May 29, 2019 5:30 am

Looks like everything is signed from Valve and has Sha256 so that's good enough for me.
Clicking "Certified safe to install (read more)" will present you with:

This APK is signed by Valve Corporation and upgrades your existing app.
Certificate fingerprints:
SHA-256: 5dff6b05761447a5bdf919ea88fc6fdf20d301e30b2315415c4d368ec0fbda45
The cryptographic signature guarantees the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way.
File hashes:
SHA-256: cd028ad392b8fb03061ab6d1491bdfc70f3b8eac7c48e3ebb35349ed118427d1
Verify the file you downloaded is not corrupt and was not tampered with using the file hashes above.

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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by MastaG » Wed May 29, 2019 7:32 am

I just tried it as well.
My host pc runs windows 10 with a nVidia GTX980Ti.

I installed the latest android build for the n2 and followed the steps for opengapps.

I now have the playstore signed in keeping my apps up to date.

It works flawlessly here, including HEVC!!!
The odroid even recognizes my wiresless xbox 360 receiver and I can use my controllers to navigate the android UI!

On my host I have steam setup to use nvidia encoding but I did not select the FBC capture method as this causes some lag in certain games.

Two minor issues:
1. When I configure the steam link app for 5.1 surround, I get no audio at all. Only stereo seems to work.
Perhaps the n2 does not support 5.1 surround output over hdmi?

2. There seem to be slightly more delay compared to my original steam link device but it's almost not noticable.
This will probably improve more once the steam link app matures, its still beta afterall.

Other than that I've setup my host system with the Cemu Wii U emulator and added shortcuts for my games in my steam list.

So I've been playing Super Mario 3D World and Zelda Breath of the Wild for hours... really awesome.

Only thing that still bothers me is the n2 turning off (or standby?) when I switch off my TV... I have to cycle power to turn it on again.

I rather have it stay on all the time and just have a blank screen (or screensaver or something).

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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by skeetre » Wed May 29, 2019 9:38 pm

Try this per codewalker's suggestion for my similar issue:
If you use adb and vim, Try to edit /odm/boot.ini.
setenv suspend_hdmiphy "0"
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Re: Did anyone test the Steam Link application?

Unread post by MastaG » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:33 am

skeetre wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 9:38 pm
Try this per codewalker's suggestion for my similar issue:
If you use adb and vim, Try to edit /odm/boot.ini.
setenv suspend_hdmiphy "0"

Yes I did that, but the n2 still gets completely powered off by hdmi-cec.
E.g. all the leds turn off and I have to cycle power to turn it on again.
So I have to:
1. Set Always Awake in developer options
2. Edit /odm/boot.ini and: setenv suspend_hdmiphy "0"
3. Turn off hdmi-cec somehow

Step 3 is the last one left to figure out.
Then I can have my n2 always powered on.. waiting for me to turn on my xbox controller and connect to steam :)

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